Oleksandr Kosenko: "Our main task was to get nine points, which we did"

As part of the selection for the 2024 World Cup in futsal, the blue-yellow team beat Kosovo in Pristina (5:2). The head coach of the Ukrainian national team, Oleksandr Kosenko, commented on this result in a comment for the UAF website, and also summed up the results of his team's autumn performances.

— How do you comment on the game in Kosovo? Are you satisfied with everything?

— In general, I am satisfied, because we played on the road against an opponent who had lost in the previous two qualifying matches, so he had nowhere to retreat. In three years, a good team was selected for Kosovo. We understood that it would be difficult, but I think we played well.

— How do you generally assess the autumn matches of the World Championship selection?

— We took nine points. Yes, we haven't made it out of the group one hundred percent yet, but we have a good foundation. Our main task was to get nine points, which we did. We achieved the result, during most of the matches we dominated.

— Can you single out any of your wards based on the results of the matches?

— I would not like to single out anyone in particular. Someone played better, someone worse, but overall it was a team performance that brought results.

— What do you think of the recent successes of the youth national team of Ukraine? Do you plan to call someone to the national team, as happened with Rostislav Semenchenko?

- We try to monitor everyone, we don't want anyone to go unnoticed. But we must understand that mature futsal should be shown in the national team. Of course, we are looking at players in the future, maybe they will be involved in friendly matches. However, in official matches, futsal players must become team leaders. We follow everyone, but it all depends on the players themselves.

— Regarding friendly matches, are you planning a meeting before the game with the Netherlands on March 8?

— Yes, we are planning, but there are no final agreements yet, so we should wait for official information. We already have certain hints. Most likely, it will not be possible to hold the gathering in December, which is connected with the calendar and the postponement of matches due to the war, so we will gather next year.

WC-2024. European qualification. Main round. Group 11

18.09.2022

Netherlands — Kosovo — 2:1

07.10.2022

Ukraine — Kosovo — 3:1

11.10.2022

Ukraine - Netherlands - 4: 2

09.11.2022

Kosovo - Ukraine - 2: 5

Standings

 

G

W

D

L

GD

P

1. Ukraine

3

3

0

0

12-5

9

2. Netherlands

2

1

0

1

4-5

3

3. Kosovo

3

0

0

3

4-10

0

03.03.2023

Kosovo — Netherlands

08.03.2023

Netherlands - Ukraine

In the main round, 36 national teams are divided into 12 groups of three teams, in which matches are played at home and away. The 12 group winners and the four best runners-up will advance to the elite round. The other eight runners-up will compete in the main round playoffs.

WC-2024. European qualification. Main round

Group 1: Spain, Moldova, Cyprus.

Group 2: Georgia, Belgium, Austria.

Group 3: Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia.

Group 4: Portugal, Belarus, Lithuania.

Group 5: Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Montenegro.

Group 6: Azerbaijan, Poland, Greece.

Group 7: Croatia, Hungary, Israel.

Group 8: Finland, Romania, Denmark.

Group 9: Serbia, France, Norway.

Group 10: Italy, North Macedonia, Sweden.

Group 11: Ukraine, Netherlands, Kosovo.

Group 12: Slovakia, Latvia, Germany.

Format

Qualification takes place in five stages: preliminary round (mini-tournaments), main round (groups with home and away matches), main round playoffs (home and away matches), elite round (groups with home and away matches) and elite round playoffs (home and away matches).

Playoffs of the main round

Draw: March 10, 2023.

Matches: April 10-19, 2023.

Eight teams will be divided into four pairs, the matches will be held at home and away. The winners will advance to the elite round.

Elite round

Draw: July 5, 2023

Matches: will be completed by December 20, 2023.

The 20 national teams will be divided into five groups of four teams each, matches will be held at home and away. Five group winners will go to the 2024 WC. The four best runners-up will advance to the elite round playoffs. If a European association is selected to host the final tournament, only the two best runners-up will advance to the elite round play-offs.

Elite round playoffs

Draw: January 25, 2024

Matches: April 8-17, 2024.

The four teams will be divided into two pairs (if only two teams participate in the playoffs, a draw will be held to determine the order of the matches), the matches will be played at home and away. The winners will go to the 2024 World Cup.

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